Fit-again Godfred Saka eager to return to action

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Godfred Saka
Godfred Saka

Accra Great Olympics defender, Godfred Saka, has blamed injuries on his inability to play consistently for his new club in the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

Saka has recovered from a knock he sustained in their 2-1 victory over Ebusua Dwarfs on March 7 and believes it is time to enjoy his move to the Wonder Club by fighting for a first team place when the league resumes.

Saka has been in and out of the Olympics team since joining the club ahead of the current campaign on a one-year contract.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, Saka fought back claims that loss of form cost him a place in the starting line up of Olympics and gave an assurance that if he avoided recurrent injuries, he would regain his form and be a regular feature in Coach Annor Walker’s team.

“I have not been playing consistently because of injuries and not because I am out of form.

“It is the injuries preventing me from regular play but I have recovered and in good spirits to play and I am looking forward to the league resuming,” he said.Saka has made three appearances for Olympics against Berekum Chelsea, Eleven Wonders and Dwarfs.

The 31-year-old defender said he was in good shape to help Olympics  make significant impact in the top flight at the end of the campaign.

This month, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) suspended all football activities until further notice in compliance with a directive by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo banning all social gatherings, including sporting events, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With so much uncertainty over the normalisation of the situation, Saka is worried that the careers of many players could be affected if the situation worsens.

He said if the break exceeded two months, it would impact negatively on the form and finances of players in the country.

“It is a very bad situation and I pray we are able to return to games as soon as possible because our careers are at stake should it continue to worsen,” said Saka  who captained Aduana Stars to win the Premier League title in 2017.